R.A. Dickey doesn’t hold anything against Sandy Alderson.
Dickey, more than most in his situation, understands it is a business. The 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner is with his fourth club in the last six years — but he wants the New York Mets to be his last.
The 38-year-old knuckleballer also understands Alderson has a job to do as the Mets general manager. That could mean trading Dickey for younger talent to strengthen the organization for the future.
“I’m older and I know that there is a business component to this that is very relevant and prevalent,” Dickey said. “You just have to take it with a grain of salt, all the rumors and stuff, and just know God has a place for you somewhere and try to open your hands to that and see what happens.”
Of course, Dickey doesn’t want to go.
Talking candidly before a speaking engagement at Lipscomb University on Thursday, Dickey said he expects the Mets to offer him a contract beyond the 2013 season.
"I’ll be disappointed if we can’t come to some agreement because it seems like that is the right thing to do,” Dickey said. “You handle it as professional as you can and see what happens. … I love being a Met. They are the team that gave me an opportunity to rediscover myself. I want to, as much as I can, be loyal to that. At the same time, you don’t ever want to be taken advantage of. There is the happy balance there. I’m trying to strike the balance with those guys.”
Reports have indicated Dickey, a Nashville native, is asking for a two-year deal worth $26 million. But, according to reports, the Mets are only willing to offer a two-year, $20-million deal.
Dickey has a $5 million option for 2013 that the Mets plan to pick up unless they trade him, which has also been heavily rumored. But when the Winter Meetings concluded at Opryland Hotel on Thursday, neither side had reached a deal.
“It is kind of in that sensitive time right now where they don’t want to give as much as we’re asking for and they don’t want to take what we’re asking,” Dickey said. “So I think there is a deal to be made in between but right now you just don’t really know what that is. … I don’t really have a timeline on it. I’m hopeful that is going to come to some closure sooner rather than later. But you never know. These things can drag out.”
Dickey, a former Tennessee standout who was drafted by Texas in 1996, spent the last three seasons with the Mets. He burst onto the national scene this year by winning 20 games and recording 230 strikeouts with his baffling knuckleball.
“I want to be a Met. I love being a Met. I love the city,” Dickey said. “My kids love it. It is a two-hour flight from Nashville. There are a lot of great things about being there. I think we’re going to be a much better club going forward. So it makes sense for me to be there and be a part of that.”